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Grateful Dead Live at Henry J Kaiser Convention Center on 1988-03-16

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Grateful Dead Live at Henry J Kaiser Convention Center on 1988-03-16

Topics Live concert

Alabama Getaway-> Greatest Story Ever Told, Stagger Lee, Walkin' Blues, Candyman, Queen Jane Approximately, Big Boss Man, Cassidy, Don't Ease Me In Scarlet Begonias-> Fire On The Mountain, Playin' In The Band-> Jam-> Drums-> Jam-> The Wheel-> Gimme Some Lovin'-> All Along The Watchtower-> Morning Dew, E: Touch Of Gray

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Henry J Kaiser Convention Center
Location Oakland, CA



SB>DAT>CDR>EAC>CDR; via Peter Gallagher; Seeded to etree by Willy


Reviewer: dreatimeland - - June 10, 2015
Subject: The west coast shows
This was my first show. I flew out to the Bay Area from Bloomington, In at 17 years old for spring break. I just wanted an alternative to Florida and was more familiar with the history of Hendrix in SF and knew nothing of the GD until I had already bought my airline ticket. At which point I was notified, by a friend, to buy ticket for for all three of these shows, which I duly accepted.
I also convinced two other underage accomplices to accompany me. We arrived 3-4 days before this first show.
I saw about 40 shows after these, but honestly I felt that I witnessed an end of an era at this venue. I only wanted to go west afterwards. I listen to some of the east coast shows from the same time and ask myself why I was not more on it for MSG or Hampton but really -no regrets. the tape doesn't Quantify The essence of how surreal and wonderfully casual this audience and venue was. For example, I'm certain of seeing the same black security guard that was in the GD movie. -Anyone know his name? I remember the hardwood floors of the Kaiser that people unrolled blankets on. Some people brought fruit and bongs. It was like a picnic. There were fellas playing Hacky Sack in the middle of the floor. There was no rush to the front row. It was like most people were going to the part of the venue they were most familiar. Very special indeed.
Reviewer: BIG_R - favoritefavoritefavorite - September 11, 2009
Subject: 3-16-88
Jerry plays some amazing riffs. Sound quality is allright after the first song or two. Jerry forgets alot of lyrics. If that bothers you skip this one.
Reviewer: dtrain4870 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 8, 2008
Subject: cleaned up jerry!
sober fatman wails!!! one of my fave 2nd sets of 88
Reviewer: Cnick - favoritefavoritefavorite - January 16, 2008
Subject: Honk if u like.....
Honk if you like "almost" stalled songs and forgotten lyrics.

Really this show is ok, not a blowout or rockin. Jerry jiggers thru some of the jams and truly shows up in Dew.

The quality o' the recording - great.

And that's my honestopinion.
Reviewer: Billy412 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 10, 2006
Subject: I was here...and I do need this show
can anyone help me get a copy of this? I'm not very computer savy. Any ideas??
Reviewer: Skippy61 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 25, 2006
Subject: Great show
What a great sound and i love the vibe of this show.
It would be nice to be able to D/L it but at least we can come here and listen!!

Reviewer: kingdork - favoritefavoritefavorite - March 29, 2006
Subject: Boycott because you can't download?
get real.

besides, think of it as an IQ test.

Oh ya, decent show here. I'll give it an average 3 out of 5.
Reviewer: ascheylus - favorite - December 21, 2005
Subject: boycott boycott boycott
I can't download it so what the f*** is the use?
Reviewer: jboyaquar - favoritefavoritefavorite - November 9, 2005
Subject: Better than any of the February shows
1st Set: My goodness it's been awhile since they've played an "Alabama." Not the smoothest take-off, but Phil undeniably makes his presence felt. Rough overall, but kinda cool to hear it again. The effort's there throughout "Greatest" as well allowing for forgiveness for those awkward sound effects and the other '1st gig in a month' issues. "Stagger" (also not played in Feb)continues the iffy start, 'getting it together after 35 seconds' routine. "Walkin" is nice, but not haunting. How about Jerry's instrument on "Candyman"?(not played in Feb.) There's a lot of intent behind this version. Nice harmonizing. How new was "Queen Jane" by this point? Inspiring scuzz rock with some ethereal flourishes. "Big Boss Man" sounds appropriately woozy. "Cassidy" is prettier than 'Queen,' dynamic but restrained. "Ease" bounces us off to high expectations for a dynomite 2nd. A "back in a bit" from Jerry. Fine.

2nd set: Jerry's voice is weak but it's always nice to be greeted with "Scarlet." Thank goodness business picks up after the 4:00 minute mark. Mickey and Billy are tight and want to rock out. Great 5:30 flourish. "Fire," Jerry's telling an amazing story; technically amazing to behold; it's akin to grungy Neil Young. But Jerry reaches some amazing places 10:30s & 40s, and early 11's. Funny moment afterwards as crowd roars in appreciation, Jerry offers an Ed McMahon like 'eeeyyo' with his buddy. There's a casual, nonchalant confidence to the band's "Playing" tonight. It's brisk and wah-wah at first, then dissembles into something much more interesting and awesome :O) "Drums" instinctively heads for the tribal fire. "Space" fries me out during the 5's. "The Wheel" is fine for a head-sway or two, but it's too often arrival after 'Drums' is beginning to wear. "Gimme" is fine and keeps the brew chugging. "Watchtower" blisters in the late 2's, very early 3's. Solid! Oh yes, the first "Dew" of '88 sparkles and gets appropriately intensely transcendent at the end. Still less than 10 minutes, wonder how that works out.

The encore "Touch" is stronger in groove and rhythm than ingenuitive melody or lyrical inspriation. Again, odd Casio-like hyperspace "Thank y'all...goodnight'

3 1/2 stars rounded down because it just doesn't feel like a 4.
Reviewer: Darkstarlsd - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 16, 2005
Subject: Ahhhhh...Drums........
The bestest. thing about this show is the .....(~);} DRUMS---------------------> Grateful DRUMS...Give it a listen too on a full throttle.. DRUMSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS....
Reviewer: boobychew - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 22, 2005
Subject: candyman!
I search high and low for sick candyman's and this one is up there....great fret work by garcia, a few extra fills on vocals makes t soulful. so far, so good in terms of sound, I would give it a 4. a little hallow, but a solid board.
jerry seems to be enjoying himself, playing rapid scales and hollering a little bit...always fun to hear.
check it: Fire shreds!!! my lord.
Reviewer: capn doubledose - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 28, 2005
Subject: Dew
Great morning dew. There are some uneven parts to this but very listenable indeed - Phil steps up in gimme some lovin and the scarlet>fire playin is hot as is stagger lee, candyman.
Reviewer: Ski Nose - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 14, 2004
Subject: Amazing Show If you were there, you need this show.

I wanna say I LOVE THE ARCHIVE!!!!


You need this show. The Scarlet Fire RIPS!!!!! Playing jazz jams it's way to a meltdown much like Monterey later that summer. The Watchtower is completely shredded by Jerry. And the morning dew rocks!!!!
Reviewer: johnson420 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 5, 2004
Subject: good for 88
this is a great show musically, with "fire"
"watchtower" and morning dew" as highlights.
this gets a 4 as garcia's voice is more off than on.
musically a 5, and the sound quality is a 5.
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